The program gives students knowledge, skills and networks to continue on entrepreneurial, engineering or research leader tracks to the bio tech and pharmaceutical industries and to academia in the post-genome and bio-simulation era.
The program is directed by the staff of KTH Dept of Computational Biology in the School of Computer Science and Communication (CSC). Tutoring, student advisers and lecturers on most of the first year courses are from Computational Biology. In the second year specializations, courses are also offered from CSC broadly, from the KTH Schools of Biotechnology and Industrial Engineering and Management, and from the Stockholm School of Entrepreneurship. For details, see curriculum Outline.
The program objectives in knowledge are that an MSc in Computational and Systems Biology from KTH shall
- have an advanced understanding of methods and results in Computational and Systems Biology
- have a solid base in bio-modeling, including using modeling tools and common operating systems
- have a solid base in bioinformatics, including knowing about the most important genomic data bases, practical know-how in using them, and understanding central bioinformatic algorithms
- have a basic understanding of industrial management, entrepreneurship and project management
The program objectives in skills are that an MSc in Computational and Systems Biology from KTH shall
- be able to follow and develop best practice methods in industry, administration and academic research, especially in the Biotech and Bio/IT sector
- be able to independently define and solve modeling problems posed in Biology
- be able to work independently as a bioinformatician, including constructing simpler algorithms as well as modifying and adapting algorithms in the scientific and technical literature
- be able to work in medical or bio-science research or project teams, and contribute the the modeling and bioinformatic competence
- be able to work successfully in international multidisciplinary teams consisting of both technical and business/entrepreneurial team members, and to have the necessary skills in spoken and written English
- have basic skills in project planning, project management and project review and assessment in a small-company setting.
The program objectives in personal development are that an MSc in Computational and Systems Biology from KTH shall
- independently analyse and relate to economic, environmental and ethic consequences of applications of computational and systems biology, and to design systems and solutions with this in mind
- by self-development retain his or her professional skills over a career
- follow discussion on technology and uses of technology in society and contribute to the same.
The program aims that an MSc in Computational and Systems Biology from KTH shall build a personal network in the Stockholm academic and bio tech communities in the two years' of the program which will lead to employment, further study or business opportunities in Sweden or abroad.